It is just so easy to say we trust someone or that we trust God. But, WOWSER!, when something goes wrong… !!!
It is then that trust becomes tricky.
Driving my 35 mile commute to work is nothing most days. I sit back and stare ahead when the sun is out and the day is clear. But let an ugly thunderstorm kick up and the rain come in sheets making visibility a wish instead of a reality, then where is the trust? Or when the entire bridge over the Mississippi is invisible due to solid fog, trust is invisible as well.
But what, exactly, is trust?
Reliance on the integrity, strength, surety, ability, etc.; in a person or thing. Confidence. (Dictionary.com)
Trust, as you can see from the definition, has absolutely nothing at all to do with the circumstances being perfect. It has to do with the thing in which you are trusting.
When circumstances are undesirable, our ability to trust is proven. Or shown to be lacking.
Trust is like character. It needs to be proven to show its worth. It needs to be tested to show that it can be counted upon.
Don’t despair when testing comes, let it show the stuff you are made of. The Bible tells us that.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-8
Maybe joy is hard to come by at first, we can work up to that. We should at least count it as a good thing because then our trust level and our character can grow and we, thereby grow in equal measure.
Counting it Joy (at least attempting to)